All healthy women have bacteria and other organisms in the vagina. The balance of organisms and the normal acidity of the vagina both act to prevent overgrowth of specific organisms, leading to symptoms of a vaginal infection.
Normal douching, with ordinary body soaps can disturb the normal environment of the vagina which can lead to inflammation and further imbalance of the organisms normally present in the vaginal canal and this can result in symptoms such as chronic vaginal discomfort and discharge.
Why an intimate wash?
Daily use either with Intimore™ Classic, Intimore™ Therapy or Intimore™ Plus B3 soaps can help you to prevent any change in the imbalance of the organisms in the vagina, due to its ingredients which contains Lactic Acid to promote the natural vaginal acidic pH balance.
Under normal conditions the vagina has a pH of 3.8-4.4 and is colonized by bacteria (lactobacilli) which may have a rule in defense again infection.
The lactobacilli help maintain vaginal acidity by producing lactic acid, thereby making the vagina inhospitable to many other microorganisms.
When the natural environmental balance is disturbed and vaginal sensitivity increases, the vaginal pH tends to become less acidic and more prone to overgrowth by other organisms.
A certain amount of vaginal discharge (fluid that flows out the vaginal opening) is normal. The vaginal walls and uterine cervix contain glands that produce a small amount of fluid that helps to keep the vagina clean. This normal fluid is usually clear or milky white and does not have an unpleasant odor. The normal vaginal discharge is thicker at specific times of the menstrual cycle (at the time of ovulation), during breastfeeding, or during sexual arousal.
The monthly cycle of changes in the ovaries and the lining of the uterus, starting with the preparation of an egg for fertilization. When the follicle of the prepared egg in the ovary breaks, it is released for fertilization and ovulation occurs. Unless pregnancy occurs, the cycle ends with the shedding of part of the endometrium, which is menstruation. Although it is actually the end of the physical cycle, the first day of menstrual bleeding is designated as "day 1" of the menstrual cycle in medical parlance.
During those special days, a use of Intimore™ Fresh-Sensitive, enriched with Aloe Vera, well known for its soothing, moisturizing and cooling properties for relieving skin discomfort caused by pads or tampons during menstrual cycle.
Every woman has some degree of vaginal discharge, which may have a distinct odor. If you think the odor related to a bacterial vaginal infection such as bacterial vaginosis (BV), then you should see your doctor immediately. BV can have an unpleasant odor (like a bad egg smell). In order to prevent that and make you feel comfortable with your self, clean & fresh from normal discharge and odor, take the following few steps of hygiene:
- Practice good hygiene with daily showering and washing of the genital area, using one of Intimore™ soaps that suits you best.
- Avoid wearing synthetic underwear and underwear that is too tight.
- At work, outdoors or between showers, simply apply toilet tissue or Intimore™ On-the-go intimate cleansing wipes. You'll feel clean and fresh all day, every day.
- Avoid using deodorants and or detergent soaps down there. They usually contain perfumes that can disrupt the vaginal balance and cause infections.
Itching or burning in the vaginal area can be a very uncomfortable and disturbing. Vaginal infections like trichomoniasis can cause uncomfortable, even painful itching. Having a vaginal itch is not about being dirty or having poor hygiene. As you can see below, there are many common causes for it:
- Wearing certain clothing – anything tight.
- Wearing a wet bathing suit.
- Excess perspiration.
- Your period, wearing pads or pant liners, the hormonal fluctuations of your menstrual cycle.
- Allergic reactions to soaps, detergents, spermicidal, condoms & deodorants.
- Vaginal dryness (often experienced during menopause).
- Sexual activity.
- Nutrition – eating lots of sweet food, especially in woman with diabetes or high blood sugar level, can sometimes cause a vaginal discharge.
After applying all the above, you could try the Intimore™ Soothing Application Gel that relives itching, burning, soreness, unpleasant odor and other irritations of the external vaginal area.
(The use of this is not a replacement of medical treatment).
Symptoms of a yeast infection are a thick, curd-like discharge (similar to cottage cheese) with intense itching and irritation. If you have never had a yeast infection, and think you have one, see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. If you are not sure about any discharge, see your doctor.